Dave’s Specialties

  • composing & producing music for film, television, and ads
  • mixing and mastering multitrack recording sessions
  • complete song production
  • audio repair for the occasional boo-boos
  • sweetening & mastering your audio
  • remote piano and keyboard tracking for your songs
  • live music performance on piano/keys (limited availability)
Live in Concert
  • Over 30 years experience as a professional musician (piano, keyboards, arranging and composing)

  • Over 20 years experience in audio production, editing and engineering

About Dave Merkel

Combining a unique blend of cultures, traditions, and cutting-edge techniques, composer and producer Dave Merkel brings life to the universal connection of music, leaving listeners feeling as if they have somehow participated in the performance in a way that feels strangely familiar. Spanning orchestral to electronic to hybrid, his sounds are woven into the storylines of life. Trailers, intense action themes, emotive reflective themes, and occasional pop songs come to life on his canvas of silence and emerge as musical sounds.

The foundation of Dave’s diverse music rests on his varied experiences, from 12-years of classical piano training to playing in piano bars, from broadcast producer to performing with the Faculty Jazz Combo at Northwest College. While Dave absorbed the rules through formal education, his vast experience helps him break the rules to bring about the soundtracks of spiritual, emotional, and universal connection. He draws inspiration from across the centuries including but not limited to Beethoven, Schumann, Copland, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Pinar Toprak, Tom Holkenborg, and Trevor Morris.

Merkel has toured full-time as a performing musician, served as fill-in pianist for touring acts, conducted choirs, created custom notated choral arrangements, and provided music for various worship settings. His broadcast experience blended with his musical experience to provide mixing & mastering services and track editing for multiple clients, large and small.

Living in close proximity to Yellowstone Nation Park in Montana and its Big Sky provides no shortage of inspiration for Dave to draw from for his own music, and in helping others craft and shape their own.

“Magical production… I’m thrilled at what Dave did.”

Justina B.,

“Dave was great to work with … and produced a product that was exactly what we were looking for, couldn’t be happier!”

Val Y.

“It’s awesome! I love it! Thank you Dave! You’re awesome!”

Marina B.

“Dave is great at what he does, and is a pleasure to work with!”

Matt W.

“Dave has made each of my projects sound better. He has a great combination of good skills, is collaborative, and a patient partnership.”

Anthony C.

“I was super pleased with Dave’s professionalism and audio skillset. He had a quick turnaround and delivered an awesome product.”

Jodi R.

“Dave was great to work with. He completed the work quickly and made sure I was happy with everything. Very responsive to messages and I am thrilled with the final product. Definitely recommend!”

Sarah D.

” … an amazing talent for music.”

Jeremy S.

Very good experience. Good partnership, communication, and good end product. I hope we get to do more together.

Anthony C.

“Dave did a great job in a short amount of time putting together the piano music for our musical! Thanks!”

Nicholas Q.

“You are amazing, Dave!”

Mary P.

“Great production, wonderful communication, I’m happy with his work.”

Brandon D.

“Dave is amazing!”

Eric S.

“Dave is a huge talent. The things he can do musically are astounding.”


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Dave Merkel
Dave MerkelPurveyor of creativity in music & sounds.